Thursday, December 4, 2008

First images and details of the production Fisker Karma released

Fisker Automotive today announced that its first production hybrid car, the Fisker Karma, will be showcased at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. With only minor design enhancements made to the exterior of the vehicle, the production Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid retains the extreme proportions and beautiful sculpture of the January 2008 Karma concept car.

Featuring the proprietary Q-Drive powertrain, the Fisker Karma will have an all-electric range of 50 miles (80km). After the all electric 50 miles, the gasoline engine turns a generator to charge the lithium ion battery. Once the 50-mile electric range has been exceeded, the Fisker Karma can be used as a normal hybrid vehicle. With this balance of electric and gas range, Fisker Automotive estimates that most Karma drivers who charge the Karma overnight and commute less than 50 miles per day will be able to achieve an average fuel economy of 100 mpg per year.
The Q-Drive powertrain is a combination of a GM 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder that develops 260hp, and a large powerful lithium ion battery provides 22.6 kWh. With a total of 408hp, the Karama can hit 60mph in 5.8 seconds, and a top speed of 125mph.

The Karma will start at a base price of $87,900. Despite the high prices, Fisker expects to sell 15,000 Karmas per year.

Source : [Fisker]

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